Aphid Buffet II
Ladybird larvae at the aphid buffet. Near the grub on the right is a parasitised aphid, fat and round and dead. Kyogle, NSW.
Polly Macho III
The distinctive black shoulder pads differentiate Polyrhachis machaon from her similar golden ant relatives. Kyogle, NSW.
Polly Macho I
Polly Macho II
Majors and Minors
Pheidole major worker surrounded by her hard working minor siters. Kyogle, NSW.
Baby moths emerge from their eggs. Kyogle, NSW.
Click Beetles Hiding
A family of click beetles found hiding under bark. Kyogle, NSW.
Normally a plant-eater, potato ladybird picks up some dirt. Kyogle, NSW.
Very small chalcid wasp on a gum leaf. Kyogle, NSW.
Try getting a table at this buffet. Ants and Beetle larvae love them for very different reasons. Kyogle, NSW.
Major and minor camponotus ants hide in a rotting log, Woodgate, Qld.
Brachyponera V Rhytidoponera (aka Green-head Ant). Woodgate, Qld.
Stunning metallic hues of the Rhytidoponera metallica group. Kyogle, NSW.
Beetle baby tries to bury back into the dirt. Kyogle, NSW.
Crab Spider and Hoverfly
Crab spider (Lehtinelagia prasina) feeds on a hoverfly. Kyogle, NSW.
Brown Jumping Spider
Possible Hypoblemum sp. Kyogle, NSW.
Termite Scale Farm
A young termite moves through a farm where the cows are scale insects and the fodder is a tree trunk. Kyogle, NSW.
Miniscule wasp emerged from a parasitised thrips. Toowong, Qld.
Red and Blue Ant
Rhytidoponera croesus. Mt Glorious, QLD.
Hover fly rests on a pink flower. Kyogle, NSW.
Leafhopper lays eggs in a nest of waxy fuzz. Woodgate, Qld.
Exuvia from a colony of aphids litter this Hibiscus shrub. Kyogle, NSW.
Leafhopper nymph looks cranky. Woodgate, Qld.
Many aphids infest this hibiscus flower stem. Kyogle, NSW.
Aphid Ant Farm IV
A tiny ginger ant struggles with some silk web while she collects honeydew from aphids. Kyogle, NSW.
Lovely orange striped caterpillar common on beach vines. Woodgate, Qld.
Brown and white moth quite common near the beach. Woodgate, Qld.
Rattle ant assumes a rattling pose. Woodgate, Qld.
Golden spiny ant tries to clean insect repellant off her feet. Woodgate, Qld.
Cup Moth Caterpillar
Anaxidia lozogramma feeding on the leaf of a macadamia tree. Kyogle, NSW.
Cup Moth Closeup
The amazing detail and colour of a Anaxidia lozogramma cup moth caterpillar. Kyogle, NSW.
Measuring about 1mm long this tiny shiny beetle was walking on a leaf. Kyogle, NSW.
Green Spiny Ant
Polyrhachis lydiae worker ant. Kyogle, NSW.
Jumping spider found in a rotting log. Kyogle, NSW.
Pillbug, Roly Poly, whatever! They're cool. Kyogle, NSW.
A pink millipede found inside a rotting log. Kyogle, NSW.
A woodlouse. Kyogle, NSW.
Scutigeromorph centipede tries to hide in a crack. Kyogle, NSW.
Orchard Swallowtail Caterpillar
It's too early to wake up! Says Orchard Swallowtail Caterpillar. I'm cold and wet! It's not easy being green! Kyogle, NSW.
Beetle Larva, Aphids and Ants
Beetle larva (Possible Ladybird) gets away with murder in an aphid colony. The ants ignore its presence completely. Kyogle, NSW.
A bottlebrush leaf reduced to a skeleton by very young sawfly larvae. Kyogle, NSW.
Sawfly larvae make short work of a Maleleuca leaf. Kyogle, NSW.
Myrmecia queen ant gathers large pieces of leaf litter to help disguise her new nest entrance. Kyogle, NSW.
Aphid Ant Farm III
Tiny ginger ants (possibly Plagiolepis sp.) fuss over a colony of aphids. Kyogle, NSW.
Aphid Ant Farm II
Aphid Ant Farm
Sawfly larva near the chewed off end of a leaf. Kyogle, NSW.
Spotted Sawfly Larva
Spotted sawfly larva hangs under the stem of a leaf. Moggill, Qld.
Beetle larva in sand and dirt. Woodgate, Qld.
Hello Mr. Mozzie, your mo is magnificent! Kyogle, NSW.
Spider and Springtail
A tiny spider and even smaller springtail (Just below the spider) share an old cocoon. Kyogle, NSW.
Portrait of a brown shield bug. Kyogle, NSW.
Prickly Ambush Spider
Little spiky spider looked like a prickle on a leaf. Cambroon, Qld.
Black and yellow ant spider in leaf litter. Oxley Creek, Qld.
Slender ant moves grains of sand out of the nest in an endless battle with the wind. Woodgate, Qld.
Black Assassin Vs Beef Ants
An unfortunate assassin bug has fallen into the path of foraging meat ants (Iridomyrmex purpureus). Oxley Creek, Qld.
Green Wasp on Gum Leaf
Parasite wasp looks for a place to lay her eggs between two gum leaves. Moggill, Qld.
Beef Ants Vs Bagworm
An unfortunate bagworm falls into the path of foraging meat ants (Iridomyrmex purpureus). Oxley Creek, Qld.
Egg-laying Wasp II
Parasite wasp tries to discretely lay an egg. Moggill, Qld.
Camponotus minor worker near a scale insect's waxy straw extrusion waiting for honeydew. Oxley Creek, Qld.
Major on Patrol
Carpenter ant major worker patrols past a waxy straw scale and a minor worker busy collecting nectar. Oxley Creek, Qld.
Chunky Black Bug
A heavily dimpled black shield bug on the ground. Oxley Creek, Qld.
Carpenter Ant Trophallaxis
One carpenter ant feeding another. The ant on the left has a waxy scale protrusion which feeds waste from a scale insect hidden under the bark to any insects who wish to gather it up. Oxley Creek, Qld.
Egg-laying Wasp I
tiny mealybug nymph is on the move. The legs don't seem to grow in proportion when it comes to mealybugs - they need to move once they've found their place in the world. Oxley Creek, Qld.